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Salter, Irene Y.; Atkins, Leslie J. – Science Education, 2014
We teach a course for elementary education undergraduates that gives students an opportunity to conduct open-ended scientific inquiry and pursue their own scientific questions in much the same way that practicing research scientists do. In this study, we compared what our students say declaratively about the nature of science (NOS) in surveys and…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes
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Liou, Pey-Yan; Lawrenz, Frances – Science Education, 2011
This research used multilevel modeling to investigate the perceived effect of a teacher preparation loan forgiveness program on recruiting science and mathematics majors to become teachers and teach in high-need schools. The study investigated how and which personal perceptions, characteristics, and teacher preparation program variables influenced…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Student Loan Programs, Scholarships, Teacher Recruitment
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Gyllenpalm, Jakob; Wickman, Per-Olof – Science Education, 2011
This article examines the use and role of the term "experiment" in science teacher education as described by teacher students. Data were collected through focus group interviews conducted at seven occasions with 32 students from six well-known Swedish universities. The theoretical framework is a sociocultural and pragmatist perspective…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Scientific Research, Research Methodology, Educational Objectives
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Windschitl, Mark; Thompson, Jessica; Braaten, Melissa – Science Education, 2008
One hundred years after its conception, the scientific method continues to reinforce a kind of cultural lore about what it means to participate in inquiry. As commonly implemented in venues ranging from middle school classrooms to undergraduate laboratories, it emphasizes the testing of predictions rather than ideas, focuses learners on material…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Principles, Science Laboratories
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Ford, Michael J.; Wargo, Brian M. – Science Education, 2007
Reform efforts in science education have focused on engaging students in authentic scientific practices. For these efforts to succeed, detailed articulations of scientific practice need to be linked to understandings of classroom practice. Here we characterize engagement in practice generally in terms of "3Rs": routines, roles, and…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Learning Activities, Class Activities, Preservice Teachers
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Friedrichsen, Patricia Meis; Munford, Danusa; Orgill, MaryKay – Science Education, 2006
Using a theoretical perspective of communities of practice, this case study examines a prospective chemistry teacher's inquiry-based teaching during his practicum. Conrad was a former student of an inquiry-oriented science course, "Inquiry Empowering Technologies" (IET). The research questions were (a) How did Conrad translate the IET inquiry…
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Science Teachers, Practicums, Mentors
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Pinto, Roser; Couso, Digna; Gutierrez, Rufina – Science Education, 2005
This Spanish contribution to the STTIS (Science Teacher Training in an Information Society) investigations of transformations of curriculum innovations studies the implementation of a particular innovative teaching sequence on energy degradation in Spanish secondary schools. The paper describes the transformations found in teachers'…
Descriptors: Investigations, Science Teachers, Teacher Education, Concept Formation